BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI
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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature began voting Wednesday on bills that would substantially scale back citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that a business lobby criticized as too expensive and burdensome, setting up expected court challenges if GOP Gov. Rick Snyder signs them before making way for a Democrat in January. The state Senate voted 26-12 almost entirely along party lines to advance two bills to the state House, which could vote as early as next week. By David Eggert. SENT: 500 words.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
LANSING, Mich. — Legislation moving in Michigan’s Senate would authorize the Mackinac Bridge Authority to help implement a deal to replace twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel. The Republican-led Senate Government Operations Committee passed the bill 3-2 on party lines Wednesday, but the full Senate delayed voting so changes can be made. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.
ASIAN CARP-GREAT LAKES
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a final $778 million plan to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses at a lock-and-dam complex in Illinois. The price tag is much higher than the estimated cost of a tentative version of the strategy released in 2017. By John Flesher. UPCOMING: 450 words.
— STATE AID-PRIVATE SCHOOLS: A coalition of public school groups is appealing a major decision that allows Michigan tax dollars to flow to private schools. The groups want the state Supreme Court to reverse an October opinion by the appeals court finding that private schools can receive public money to help them comply with health, safety and welfare rules.
— ECONOMIC INCENTIVES: A Michigan board has approved tax breaks and other incentives the state says will create more than 4,500 jobs, including 2,500 at Ford Motor Co. as part of the automaker’s plan to renovate Detroit’s train depot and redevelop nearby properties for researching and developing self-driving vehicles.
— MICHIGAN REEF-SANDS: The federal government has come up with money for removing additional waste mining sands from a section of Lake Superior off Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.
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FIRST RESPONDERS AWARDS-DETROIT
DETROIT — Officer Ryan O’Connell remembers how hot it was in the cramped attic of a Detroit home as he and his partner confronted an armed man intent on taking his own life. The 15 minutes it took to coax the man out seemed much longer, but O’Connell and Officer Sean Bell convinced the man to leave — peacefully. They are among 23 officers, eight firefighters and one paramedic who will receive the Medal of Valor at the Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s annual Above and Beyond ceremony on Thursday. By Corey Williams. SENT: 400 words.
BEIJING — A Chinese court has reduced the prison sentence for former college football player and American citizen Wendell Brown from four years to three for his involvement in a bar fight, a rights monitoring group said Wednesday. Brown, a native of Detroit who played for Ball State University in Indiana, had been teaching English and American football in southwest China when he was arrested in September 2016 and charged with intentional assault. He denied hitting a man at a bar and said he was defending himself after being attacked. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 450 words.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tested the limits of his presidential authority and political muscle as he threatened to cut off all federal subsidies to General Motors because of its planned massive cutbacks in the U.S. Trump unloaded on Twitter on Tuesday, a day after GM announced it would shutter five plants and slash 14,000 jobs in North America. Many of the job cuts would affect the Midwest, the politically crucial region where the president promised a manufacturing rebirth. It was the latest example of the president’s willingness to attempt to meddle in the affairs of private companies and to threaten the use of government power to try to force their business decisions. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator says President Donald Trump should stop “pointing fingers” and take action to head off auto plant closings. Sen. Sherrod Brown says legislation he introduced in August would give customers a $3,500 discount on cars made in America and stop tax breaks on overseas profits from auto makers that move jobs overseas. He said Wednesday he hopes to speak soon with the Republican president, as Brown and Ohio’s Republican leaders are seeking ways to save the Lordstown plant near Youngstown. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.
DETROIT — Ford is shuffling workers at several factories so it can make more hot-selling full-size SUVs. The company says the moves will increase production of Lincoln Navigators and Ford Expeditions. Navigator sales are up 81 percent through October, while Expedition sales rose 3.9 percent. SENT: 250 words.
— POLICE SHOOTING-MICHIGAN: A suburban Detroit sheriff says the fatal shooting of a man by police outside a baby shower was justified. Theoddeus Gray was fatally shot by St. Clair Shores police on Nov. 4 outside a banquet hall.
— DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Michigan State University doctor who resigned last year after learning the school was considering firing her because she didn’t disclose that USA Gymnastics was investigating disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar has been cleared in a state licensing inquiry.
— SON’S MEMORY-MURDER: Prosecutors are dropping murder charges against two Detroit men who were granted a new trial based on the boyhood memory of a man who witnessed his mother’s slaying in 1999.
— FLINT BROTHERS-NEW TRIAL: Two Michigan brothers convicted of lesser charges in a second trial after an appeals court threw out their second-degree murder convictions have been sentenced to prison.
— LANSING BODY-CHARGES: A woman who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing a man at a mid-Michigan homeless camp has been sentenced to 25-60 years in prison.
— DOGS KILLED-FIRE: Authorities say a fire in western Michigan that killed 13 dogs was accidental and may have been caused by improper placement of heat lamps.
DETROIT— The Detroit Red Wings, who have lost three straight after winning six of seven, play the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Seventh-ranked Michigan puts its unbeaten record on the line against 11th-ranked North Carolina. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 9:30 p.m. ET.
— FBN--LIONS-AGNEW: Detroit Lions return specialist Jamal Agnew is returning to practice after sitting out since Week 5 because of a knee injury. SENT: 100 words.
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